Greetings Friends & Family!
First of all, thank you for checking in w/us. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedules to learn more about what we're seeing & experiencing. Of course we wish you could be here with us in person to witness the beauty of these children, to see the smiles on their face, to see the world they live in, to see the longing of love and attention - the RIGHT attention. But we hope & trust we are giving you as close to an accurate viewpoint of the situation as possible.
Go a little further w/us and imagine you are walking the dirt trails of Svay Pak with us, gathering more children to join us for another day of Kids Club. It's 10AM & some people are just getting up & eating breakfast. Most of the town looks like they're still recovering from a full night of activity. People are laying in hammocks still drugged out. Others are riding their bikes or hanging out in the "clubs" which look more like open-aired pool halls. We can only imagine what this place looks like at night. No one from AIM stays past 5. Even the pastor who is now living in Rahab's house stays inside. We hear the gangs come alive at night; young boys as young as 10, get on motos & start driving the girls off for a night of business. Others are bringing the pedophiles in. We get the creepiest feeling walking thru the town picturing what took place the night before.
But it's morning now & the light is shining thru. The kids now start running to Rahabs house when they see our white van. Alli, the amazing woman who runs the kids club program, tells us more children are showing up that they've never met before because we are here. And we dare ask, "What difference can we make in 2 wks?" God's love shines bright and we only hope to be the strong beacons of light that can begin to offer glimpes of hope and truth for these young children who already are being subjected to such darkness.
We get to walk the streets and meet the family members of these young girls. Today, some of us met Vaun's mom. She seems like such a nice woman but we hear she has knocked Vaun out in broad daylight. It's shocking. No CPS here. And yet, we're dealing w/a culture who thinks this is normal; this is how you discipline your children. We're dealing with a culture that thinks it's a win/win for the girls (and some boys) to be sold for sex: the client gets what they want & the family gets $$. Isn't that all that matters? It seems in the last year, the families aren't even selling their daughters so much just to make ends meet, but to get that extra $5 for who knows what. But it's okay, cuz it's a win-win & it's not wrong in their place. How do we argue with that?
Our team doesn't. We pray for this town to be changed; for TRUTH and justice to reign. For these uniquelly created individuals to come to know a life of peace where they aren't living on drugs, alcohol, perverse sex and a lifestyle that robs them of what Christ wants for them. We bring them the love of Jesus and trust the love that lives in us shines brighter than the darkness they experience at night. Thank you for joining us. Thank you for caring about these chilldren. Pray for a change to come to Svay Pak. Pray for young girls to be set free; that they might somehow know that despite all the pain and horror they've gone through, there is a God who cares for them and wants them to be in a safe place. Pray for these young boys in particular as many of them are coming to that age when they should be selling these girls. Pray.
Kim Jacobson & the entire 2009 Cambodia Team
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